As reported 35 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, June 22, 1977:
Water ordinance enacted
Citing a directive from the State Water Control Board that gives the county 90 days to correct water shortage problems, County Commission Dillard Watkins announced that the treatment plant must be enlarged. He introduced an ordinance authorizing restrictions on water use in emergency situations.
The ordinance, which commissioners adopted unanimously, establishes permits for filling of swimming pools and water tanks or trucks and provides penalties for violations. County Attorney Rowland Dye said the codification will save on attorney fees and reduce litigation fees.
Heifer field day
Approximately 475 heifer breeders from across the nation participated in this year’s Georgia Polled Heifers Association Field Day Saturday, June 18 at Burcole Ranch, located between Grovetown and Evans.
Mrs. Stanley Coley, co-owner of the 400-acre ranch, said of the field day, “It’s an annual gathering of polled heifer breeders with the program center on items of interest to cattlemen.
The event consisted of junior and senior heifer shows, the crowning of the new Miss Georgia Polled Heifer Queen, heifer judging contests, speeches, and a tour of the Burcole Embryo Center.
The outgoing queen, Sharon Shepherd of Sandersville, crowned Lynn Matthews of Lincolnton as the new Polled Heifer Queen. Matthews was judged for poise, looks and knowledge of polled heifer breeding.
Sparks looks to Olympics
Bubba Sparks of Augusta will be trying out for the 1980 Olympics. A member of the Atlanta Track Club, Sparks has been chosen as one of the contenders to train in California in December. Sparks has been in track for three years, and recently tied for first place in the NCAA Track Finals.
A former Columbia Countian, Sparks interest began with jogging and eventually moved into track. He is the son of Violet B. Sparks, formerly of Appling.